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Content posted in May 2014
15 Artistic Views of the Factory
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5/30/2014  36 comments
Here are 15 artistic views of the factory, from the romantic murals of the 1930s to the dark visions from today's video games.
Eye-Testing Device May Be Key to Early Alzheimer's Detection
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5/29/2014  22 comments
A Massachusetts-based startup called Cognoptix has created a machine that uses a novel way -- through abnormalities in the eye -- to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier in its progression and more accurately.
Structural Techniques Promise Better Ultracapacitors
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5/29/2014  6 comments
George Washington University's Micro-Propulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory have created high-performance ultracapacitors using a combination of nanotubes and graphene.
Fog-Harvesting Mesh Provides Clean Drinking Water
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5/28/2014  22 comments
MIT researchers developed a process through which people “harvest” portable water by collecting water droplets from fog. MIT’s spin on traditional methods is expected to increase efficiency 500 times over, bringing clean, drinkable water to the arid regions that need it most.
Simple Question: What’s a System?
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5/28/2014  12 comments
We posed the question to 10 experts and got 10 different answers. What's your definition?
Inventor Powers Implantable Medical Devices Wirelessly
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5/27/2014  21 comments
With medical devices that can be implanted inside the body becoming smaller and more sophisticated, researchers are trying to solve the problem of how to provide power to them without the weight or bulk of a typical battery. A researcher at Stanford University has come up with a novel way to send power to these devices wirelessly by using a new way to transmit electromagnetic waves.
A Few Minutes With Bosch Rexroth CEO Dr. Karl Tragl
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5/23/2014  1 comment
Design News brand director Rich Nass recently sat down with Bosch Rexroth CEO and chairman Dr. Karl Tragl for a discussion about the IIoT.
10 IIoT Milestones for 2014
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5/22/2014  4 comments
2014 has seen a flurry of activity in the development of the Industrial Internet of Things. Here are the top 10 developments.
This Watch Lets You Feel the Time
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5/21/2014  9 comments
If you or someone you know is vision impaired, you know how difficult it can be to do something as simple as check the time. Eone Timepieces recently developed a universal timepiece to address this issue, which will likely change the way watches are designed for the blind.
BMW Unveils Solar-Energy Harvesting Carport
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5/21/2014  26 comments
BMW and Solarwatt have unveiled the Solarwatt Carport System, which includes a rooftop and a micro-generation system for households in addition to generating solar energy to charge the vehicles.
Magneto-Resistive Sensor ICs Up Sensitivity While Reducing Power
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5/20/2014  5 comments
Honeywell has announced a family of nanopower anisotropic magneto-resistive sensor ICs that provides the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring just 360 nA. It just may be an industry first.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
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5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Getting Quality Data off Excel & Into the Cloud
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5/20/2014  Post a comment
Quality data is easier to access and share if it's in a cloud-based PLM system than on someone's home-based server.
Multiphysics Simulation Software Works – What a Concept!
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5/20/2014  1 comment
The nice part about the term multiphysics is that it means exactly what it sounds like. Comsol’s multiphysics software handles system simulations that require the use of multiple types of physics, such as chemical structures, mechanical aspects, heat transfer, acoustics, and even electrical conditions.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
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5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
Video: World's Fastest RC Racer
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5/16/2014  9 comments
Nic Case has beat his own land speed record with the world’s fastest RC car. This time he hit 188 MPH!
Make a Hassle-Free Transition to C++
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5/15/2014  11 comments
To maximize the performance of your embedded system, you may want to give C++ a look. Start by attending our Continuing Education Class, Programming Embedded Systems in C++, next week.
Home Health Devices Will Double by 2018
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5/15/2014  8 comments
An aging population, the proliferation of connected devices, and the growing need to contain healthcare costs will produce a spike in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years.
10 Cyber Attacks That Wreaked Havoc
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5/14/2014  24 comments
Most of the significant cyber attacks -- think Stuxnet -- have occurred in just the past eight years. Here are the highlights of attacks that have disrupted business, nabbed IP, or forced plants to go haywire.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Motion Sensor Keyboard
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5/14/2014  8 comments
Combining simple proximity sensors into a keyboard, Microsoft Research creates a type-hover-swipe keyboard. Unfortunately, it's just a prototype.
Video: Connecticut Science Center Exhibit Gets Second Wind
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5/13/2014  11 comments
An exhibition that simulates what it’s like for people to use wind to steer sailboats at the Connecticut Science Center got some new wind in its sails, literally, courtesy of a technology facelift by ebm-papst.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
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5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
Video: Carbon Dioxide-Powered Robo Fish Moves Like the Real Thing
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5/12/2014  7 comments
A new soft robot that moves like a fish represents a key breakthrough in the movements and safety of robots, according to the team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that designed the robot.
Banana Pi Rivals Raspberry Pi
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5/9/2014  2 comments
There's certainly no shortage of single-board computers on the market today, but few have gained the popularity of Raspberry Pi. So what does a company do in order to compete against the fruity computer company with a cornerstone on the market? Developers, meet Banana Pi.
Video: Product-Design Grads Target Medical Woes
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5/9/2014  3 comments
Inventions for people suffering from asthma, seasonal affective disorder, and arthritis are among those developed by the 2014 graduates of Drexel University’s first Product Design Program. The program requires its senior class to create products that can solve real-life problems.
10 Epic Flaws in Product Design Revealed
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5/8/2014  88 comments
You can’t please every consumer 100% of the time, and that is certainly the case when it comes to product design. No matter how carefully something is developed or packaged, and no matter how many times its designers test and retest it, there is often some flawed design element in the product that only rears its ugly head with prolonged consumer use.
Smart Valve Controllers Can Save Millions
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5/7/2014  5 comments
Intelligent valve controllers can reduce plant maintenance costs and avoid expensive shutdowns.
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
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5/7/2014  6 comments
Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
Slideshow: Robotic Renovation at International Space Station
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5/6/2014  22 comments
Last month, NASA launched the rocket carrying the SpaceX-3 Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Robots aided in its berthing on the ISS, and satellite-launching robots will be sent up later this year.
This Is Not Your Father’s Plant
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5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
MatHero Aims to Develop Printable, Organic Solar Cell
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5/6/2014  7 comments
A European research effort aims to develop an entirely organic solar cell that can be produced at a low cost through a printing process and sold in the commercial marketplace.
Manufacturing Jobs Keep Coming Back
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5/5/2014  25 comments
Using the term "reshoring" to describe the phenomenon, the Reshoring Initiative has been busy promoting a small but growing trend: the return of manufacturing to the US.
Inside Google's Project Tango Smartphone
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5/2/2014  7 comments
Project Tango, an Android-based phone prototype developed by Google, is designed to make 3D maps of the user's environment for integration into apps.
Blood Recycling Machine Uses 3D Printer
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5/2/2014  20 comments
Brightwake has collaborated with Stratasys to use the company’s Dimension 1200es 3D printer to create a machine called the Hemosep, which can collect blood spilled during surgery, concentrate the blood cells, and then transfuse them back into the patient.
12 Engineering Toys for Your Youth
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5/1/2014  29 comments
A review of some of today's top engineering toys shows a wide range of possibilities for budding engineers.
Video: Robotic Rock Star Jam Session
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5/1/2014  5 comments
The talented swarming robots that danced to light and music at Cannes in 2012 have learned how to play Thus Spake Zarathustra, The Star Spangled Banner, and The Carol of the Bells.




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